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Photographing foliage

A garden photograph is not simply a landscape photo taken in a garden.  It should communicate something about gardening, something that enlarges the viewer’s understanding and appreciation of gardens.

This photo of fresh emerging, nearly chartreuse foliage of Rhododendron hyperythrum is a fine landscape photo, a nice leaf pattern with a sense of vibrant young leaves unfolding, but it says little about gardening.  True, part of the reason we take photos is simply to share the beauty of plants and the wonder we see, but I challenge my students to “think like a gardener” and find a photo that goes deeper than that. Continue Reading →

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The Photo Workshop

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I have really been having fun learning how to run the garden photography workshops at San Francisco Botanical Garden.  Each class has become a lesson on one particular theme.

You too can learn, by giving yourself an assignment, something to work on – and just do it.  For instance “focal points”.  Here, at SFBG we are using the Japanese lanterns as an element, a focal point to draw the eye into the composition. Continue Reading →

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